Monday, July 09, 2018

Augustine 100th memorial

 100th Day Memorable Prayer
                                                                 Bro.Augustine Theseira                    (29.8.1944 – 2.4.2018)

Lord we thank you for bring all of us here today to remember and pray for our late bro. Augustine, who left us 100days ago.

Lord you know how our faithful bro. Augustine was to you during his life on earth. We are gathered here to pray for his soul, Look on him with mercy and forgive him of all his sins. Grant him eternal rest in your house in heaven.

As we pray the rosary we ask our Lady, our heavenly mother to intervene for the salvation of the soul of our brother Augustine.

We also pray for the family of our late brother Augustine. We ask God to bless, guide and guard them always.

2. Recital of the Holy Rosary – Glorious mystery

3. A tribute to a friend

One of the most painful things in life is when someone close to you in your heart, one who loves and cares for you, suddenly passes away. The passing of Bro Augustine inflicts that feeling of sorrow, not only in the hearts of his loved ones but also in the hearts many of us gathered here to pray  for his soul and cherish his memories when he was with us.

I got to know the late bro. Augustine or Augi as we fondly called him, for the last 10 years as members of our BEC and for the last 6 years I got to know him more closely as a friend, a doctor and a comrade in serving the poor and needy in our midst, in the TBC group. I got to know him even better when he became a companion at the TUDM bar where we had some highly ‘spiritual’ sessions.
It is 100 days now since he left us but he seems to be still alive in our hearts. We have sent him off with mixed feelings, sad as we will miss his company and happy as he will be with his Creator in heaven where he waits for us to join him one day.

During the time I knew him I would describe Augustine as a man with 3 main virtues:

1. Gratitude - He never forgot those who helped him when he was down and goes out of his way to repay his gratitude in whatever small ways he can.
2. Loyal friend - He was a loyal friend who never deserts you when you are of little use to him.
3. Obedient and faithful servant of God and his church - He has unshakable faith in God and always obedient to the laws of the church till the very end.

As a friend he always showed his concern for me and my family. He calls me regularly and never fails to visit me and my family regularly, in particular during festivities to personally send his greetings to me and my wife. He never fails to enquire about my children wherever and whenever he meets me or my wife. He was eagerly waiting my sons to complete their training but unfortunately he had to go just before they finished.

With the passing of Augustine my wife and I have lost a good and caring friend, we will miss his well- wishes and prayers for our good health and wellbeing. I will miss his greetings during festive periods and I will definitely miss his company at the spiritual sessions at the bar. 

We pray for his soul and also for his family. We realise how Josephine will find life tough and lonely without him by her side. She will need time to adapt to her new life without her beloved husband. We ask God to grant her the strength and courage to move on. 

We pray for Sharon and Rodney who have lost a wonderful and loving father. We pray for Angeline and little Glory for the loss of a good father in law and grandfather. I know how it feels to have lost a father who was so caring and was always there for them during difficult times in the family. 

Although Augustine is gone but he will continue to live in their hearts till the end as they continue to carry on with his legacy.

As his friends let us too cherish the fond memories of him and adopt his good values into our own lives. That is the best justice we can do to give a little meaning to our friendship and comradeship with him.

We ask God to grant him eternal rest and may his soul rest in peace

3. Reading of Augustine’s favourite prayer

 Blessed Mother Teresa’s Prayer

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centred.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.
Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.
Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.
Create any way.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.
Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.

4. Concluding prayers

 Lord we thank you letting Bro.Augustine come into our lives. He was not only a great husband to Josephine, a wonderful and caring dad to Sharon and Rodney but he was also a good friend to all of us. He lived a life of holiness and kept all your commandments to the best of his ability during his life.

Lord we offer the soul of our bro.Augustine to you. Please look with mercy and grant him eternal rest to be with you and your angels and saints in your heavenly home.

Rest in peace dear friend.

5. Concluding Video tribute to Augustine - The Final good bye